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November 11, 2017

HAPPY END — Trailer & Poster

Happy_end

You had me at Michael Haneke. And then you add Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant, and we've got a very promising movie on hand. Really looking forward to seeing the latest effort from Haneke!

 

November 02, 2017

NOVEMBER PROGRAMMING ON THE CRITERION CHANNEL ON FILMSTRUCK!

       
 
Includes Adventures in Moviegoing with Barry Jenkins,
four films by Shohei Imamura, and Luis Buñuel's Belle de jour!
 
Wednesday, November 1
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold*: Criterion Collection Edition #452
The best-selling novel by John le Carré, about a Cold War spy on one final dangerous mission in East Germany, is transmuted by director Martin Ritt into a film every bit as precise and ruthless as the book. Richard Burton is superb as Alec Leamas, whose relationship with the beautiful librarian Nan, played by Claire Bloom, puts his assignment in jeopardy. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a hard-edged and tragic thriller, suffused with the political and social consciousness that defined Ritt's career.SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with le Carré; a selected-scene commentary featuring director of photography Oswald Morris; an audio conversation from 1985 between director Martin Ritt and film historian Patrick McGilligan; and a trailer.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Thursday, November 2
Masterclass: Alex Ross Perry and Robert Greene on Big Ideas and Small Budgets
Known for his piercingly intelligent, stylistically ambitious explorations of alienation and misanthropy, independent filmmaker Alex Ross Perry has been busy at work on two projects: the soon-to-be-released Golden Exits and a live-action take on Winnie-the-Pooh. For our third Masterclass, his frequent collaborator Robert Greene, the director of the acclaimed narrative-documentary hybrids Kate Plays Christine and Actress, gets him to open up about how he brings his acerbic ideas to the big screen on a shoestring budget. Watch video of the complete event, hosted by the Ragtag Cinema in Columbia, Missouri, and catch up on Perry's first three features: Impolex*, The Color Wheel*, and Listen Up Philip*.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Friday, November 3
Friday Night Double Feature: That Hamilton Woman and Anna Karenina
The luminous Vivien Leigh takes the lead in these two lavishly mounted period dramas. In Alexander Korda's 1941 That Hamilton Woman - reportedly Winston Churchill's favorite movie - she is transported back to the Napoleonic Wars, injecting glamour and intrigue into the story of an ambassador's wife who has a scandalous affair with a British Royal Navy officer (played by Leigh's real-life husband, Laurence Olivier). And in Julien Duvivier's 1948 adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, she embodies the tragic dimensions of the iconic titular heroine, a married woman who falls into a fateful romance with a count.
 
Monday, November 6
Still Walking*: Criterion Collection Edition #554
Contemporary Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda pays tribute to his late mother in this deeply personal film, which depicts one day in the life of a family gathered for a commemorative ritual whose nature only gradually becomes clear. Rather than focus on big dramatic moments, Kore-eda relies on simple gestures and domestic routines (especially cooking) to evoke his characters' deep regrets and daily joys. Featuring vivid, heartrending performances and a gentle naturalism that harks back to the director's earlier, documentary work, Still Walking is an extraordinary portrayal of the ties that bind us. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: interviews with Kore-eda and director of photography Yutaka Yamazaki; a documentary on the making of the film, featuring on-set footage; and a trailer.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Tuesday, November 7
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Washingtonia* and Dogtooth
With Yorgos Lanthimos's The Killing of a Sacred Deer now in theaters, revisit the eccentric, award-winning breakthrough that catapulted him to the forefront of contemporary Greek cinema. In 2009's Dogtooth, the director penetrates the twisted world of three adults who have been held in captivity their entire lives by their manipulative parents. This brilliantly constructed provocation is preceded by another taste of the Greek Weird Wave, Konstantina Kotzamani's Washingtonia, an expressionistic short that evokes the sweltering heat of a summer in Athens.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Wednesday, November 8
Belle de jour: Criterion Collection Edition #593
Catherine Deneuve's porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress's most iconic roles: Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her afternoon hours working in a bordello. This surreal and erotic late-sixties daydream from provocateur for the ages Luis Buñuel is an examination of desire and fetishistic pleasure (its characters' and its viewers'), as well as a gently absurdist take on social mores and class divisions. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: an audio commentary featuring Michael Wood, author of the BFI Film Classics book Belle de jour; a video piece featuring writer and sexual-politics activist Susie Bright and film scholar Linda Williams; an interview with screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière; a segment from the French television program Cinéma, featuring interviews with Carrière and Deneuve; and original and rerelease trailers.
 
Friday, November 10
Friday Night Double Feature: Chevalier and Attenberg
One of the most exciting voices to emerge from contemporary Greek cinema's recent renaissance, Athina Rachel Tsangari is a favorite on the Criterion Channel, having been the first subject profiled in our exclusive series Meet the Filmmakers. This program highlights two of her features: Chevalier, a dryly farcical comedy in which a sextet of chest-puffing men decide to submit to an increasingly absurd series of competitions at sea to determine who is "the best in general," and Attenberg, a look at the strangeness of the human species through the eyes of a misanthropic young woman living in a small industrial town.
 
Monday, November 13
Everlasting Moments*: Criterion Collection Edition #520
Swedish master Jan Troell, director of the beloved classics The Emigrants and The New Land, illuminates the heartrending story of a woman liberated by art at the beginning of the twentieth century. Though poor and abused by her alcoholic husband, Maria Larsson (Maria Heiskanen, in a beautifully nuanced portrayal) finds an outlet in photography, which opens up her world for the first time. With a burnished bronze tint that evokes faded photographs, and a broad empathetic palette, Everlasting Moments - based on a true story - is a miraculous tribute to the power of image making. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: Troell Behind the Camera, a short documentary made during production; The True Story of Maria Larsson, a collection of photographs by Larsson, with narration by writer Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell; Troell's Magic Mirror, an hour-long documentary on the director's career; and a trailer.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Tuesday, November 14
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Pickle* and Gates of Heaven
Do all dogs go to heaven? Two documentary filmmakers explore mortality and mourning through the experiences of pet owners. In Pickle, Amy Nicholson profiles a couple of extreme animal lovers, interviewing them about the menagerie they've cared for and buried over the years, including paraplegic possums, emaciated cats, and morbidly obese chickens. Errol Morris's debut feature, Gates of Heaven, immerses viewers in the community surrounding two pet cemeteries in Napa Valley, California, blending sincerity and satire to spin its quirky subject into a surprisingly expansive study of human nature.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Tuesday, November 14
Desert Hearts*: Criterion Collection Edition #902
Donna Deitch's swooning and sensual first narrative feature was groundbreaking upon its release in 1985: a love story about two women, made entirely independently, on a shoestring budget, by a woman. In this 1959-set film, adapted from a beloved novel by Jane Rule, a straitlaced East Coast professor arrives in Reno to file for divorce but winds up catching the eye of a free-spirited young woman, touching off a slow seduction that unfolds against a breathtaking desert landscape. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: an audio commentary from 2007 featuring director Donna Deitch; a conversation between Deitch and actor Jane Lynch; interviews with actors Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau; a new program featuring Deitch, director of photography Elswit, and production designer Jeannine Oppewall; and an excerpt from Fiction and Other Truths: A Film About Jane Rule, a 1994 documentary about the author of Desert of the Heart, the 1964 novel on which the film is based.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Wednesday, November 15
Stalker: Criterion Collection Edition #888
A religious allegory, a reflection of contemporaneous political anxieties, and a meditation on film itself, Andrei Tarkovsky's final Soviet feature takes a metaphys­ical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, where a hired guide leads a writer and a professor into a restricted disaster site known as the Zone. There the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one's most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky created an immersive world with a wealth of material detail and a sense of organic atmosphere, enveloping the viewer in a multitude of possible meanings. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: an interview with Geoff Dyer, author of Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room, and interviews from 2002 with cinematographer Alexander Knyazhinsky, set designer Rashit Safiullin, and composer Eduard Artemyev.
 
Thursday, November 16
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me*: Criterion Collection Edition #898
In the town of Twin Peaks, everybody has their secrets - but no one more than Laura Palmer. In this prequel to his groundbreaking 1990s series (which returned to television this year to rapturous reviews), David Lynch resurrects the teenager found wrapped in plastic at the beginning of the show, following her through the last week of her life and teasing out the enigmas that surround her murder. Homecoming queen by day and drug-addicted thrill seeker by night, Laura leads a double life that pulls her deeper and deeper into horror as she pieces together the identity of the assailant who has been terrorizing her for years. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: The Missing Pieces, ninety minutes of deleted and alternate takes from the film, assembled by Lynch; an interview from 2014 by Lynch with actors Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, and Grace Zabriskie; interviews with Lee and composer Angelo Badalamenti; and trailers.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Friday, November 17
Friday Night Double Feature: Police, Adjective* and Insomnia
Moral ambiguities abound in these unconventional detective stories from Romania and Norway. In Corneliu Porumboiu's low-key procedural Police, Adjective, a cop has a crisis of conscience as he struggles with an assignment to book a high-school kid for smoking pot. Reluctant to ruin the boy's life with a jail sentence, he starts to question the letter of the law, leading to an unforgettable climax in which a dictionary becomes the ultimate instrument of power. And in Erik Skjoldbjærg's Nordic thriller, a disgraced detective (Stellan Skarsgård, in one of his most magnetic performances) investigating the death of a teenage girl becomes uneasily complicit with her killer as the Arctic midnight sun erodes his sense of reality.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Monday, November 20
Babette's Feast: Criterion Collection Edition #665
One of the ultimate food films, this adaptation of a lovingly layered tale by Isak Dinesen shows what happens when a mysterious French housekeeper brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers. Set in nineteenth-century Denmark, Gabriel Axel's Oscar-winning film combines earthiness and reverence in an indescribably moving depiction of sensual pleasure that goes to your head like fine champagne. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: interviews with Axel and actor Stéphane Audran; a 1995 documentary about Dinesen; a visual essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda; an interview with sociologist Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson about the significance of cuisine in French culture; and a trailer.
 
Tuesday, November 21
Tuesday's Short + Feature: The Vampire* and Nosferatu
The vampire as we know it is unimaginable without F. W. Murnau's groundbreaking horror film, an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula that brought the creature to the screen with the wildly expressive powers of German expressionism. Jean Painlevé, France's brilliant scientist of the surreal, spotted the kinship between this iconic monster and the Brazilian vampire bat. His short The Vampire, soundtracked by Duke Ellington, explores this nocturnal creature's feeding rituals, making for an unusually spooky entry in the filmmaker's series of imaginative wildlife portraits.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Wednesday, November 22
Heart of a Dog*: Criterion Collection Edition #846
Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson meditates on death and other forms of absence in her first feature in thirty years. This haunting essay film seamlessly weaves together thoughts on Tibetan Buddhism, reincarnation, the modern surveillance state, and the artistic lives of dogs, with an elegy for the filmmaker's beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle, at its heart. Narrated by Anderson with her characteristic wry wit, and featuring a plaintive, free-form score by the filmmaker, the tender and provocative Heart of a Dog continues Anderson's four-and-a-half-decade career of imbuing the everyday with a sense of dreamlike wonder. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: a conversation between Anderson and coproducer Jake Perlin; footage of Anderson's 2016 Concert for Dogs; deleted scenes; Lolabelle's video Christmas card; and a trailer.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Thursday, November 23
Adventures in Moviegoing with Barry Jenkins
The director of Moonlight, the exquisite coming-of-age drama that took home this year's best picture Oscar, recounts some of his own formative experiences as a cinephile in this month's episode of our guest programmer series Adventures in Moviegoing. In conversation with Criterion president Peter Becker, Jenkins talks about how he fell in love with the art of storytelling, his "rude awakening" at film school, and his experience programming at the Telluride Film Festival. To go alongside the interview, Jenkins has also curated a selection of personal favorites, an eclectic group of films that includes Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colors trilogy (1993-94), Lucrecia Martel's La Ciénega (2001), and a number of titles by indie trailblazer John Cassavetes.
 
Friday, November 24
Friday Night Double Feature: Permanent Vacation* and Smithereens
These idiosyncratic first features capture a hardscrabble New York at the dawn of the eighties, tagging along with protagonists who are struggling to find a foothold in the city that never sleeps. A drifter confronts his own state of estrangement, and a number of distinctive characters besides, in Jim Jarmusch's characteristically droll Permanent Vacation(1980); a striver tries in vain to make a name for herself in the punk scene in Susan Seidelman's blistering breakout Smithereens (1982).
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Monday, November 27
Observations on Film Art No. 13: Flashbacks in The Phantom Carriage

Illustrating that a story's telling often means as much as the tale itself, this month's episode of Observations on Film Art - a Channel-exclusive series in which film scholars David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson, and Jeff Smith offer in-depth yet concise discussions of cinematic style - goes along for a twisty ride with Victor Sjöström's intricately structured The Phantom Carriage (1921). The touchstone of silent cinema presents a handful of extended flashbacks out of chronological sequence - a narrative design that, in Prof. Thompson's estimation, is key to establishing the dynamics between the film's characters and the strength of its themes of evil and salvation.
 
Tuesday, November 28
Tuesday's Short + Feature: In Paris Parks and Zazie dans le métro

Children take to the parks and streets of Paris in these urban symphonies, transforming the city into a landscape of playful chaos. Shirley Clarke's documentary In Paris Parks short observes the teeming life she finds in the recreational spots where city dwellers bring their children, uncovering the wonders of a seemingly mundane space. And Louis Malle's Zazie dans le métro brings Raymond Queneau's celebrated novel to the screen, spinning a brash ten-year-old's weekend visit to a Parisian relative into an anarchic comedy packed with stream-of-consciousness effects, visual gags, and editing tricks. 
 
Wednesday, November 29
Amarcord: Criterion Collection Edition #4
This Oscar-winning carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the fascist period is among Federico Fellini's most personal films. Now revered as one of cinema's enduring treasures, it satirizes the director's youth and turns daily life into a circus of social rituals, adolescent desires, male fantasies, and political subterfuge, all set to Nino Rota's classic, nostalgia-tinged score. SUPPLEMENTAL FEATURES: an audio commentary by film scholars Peter Brunette and Frank Burke; American release trailer; a deleted scene; Fellini's Homecoming, a forty-five-minute documentary on the complicated relationship between the celebrated director, his hometown, and his past; an interview with star Magali Noël; archival audio interviews of Fellini and his friends and family, by critic Gideon Bachmann; and a restoration demonstration.
 
Complete list of films premiering on the Criterion Channel this month:

November 1
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Martin Ritt, 1965
 
November 2
Impolex, Alex Ross Perry, 2009
The Color Wheel, Alex Ross Perry, 2011
Listen Up Philip, Alex Ross Perry, 2014
 
November 3
Utamaro and His Five Women, Kenji Mizoguchi, 1946
The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family, Yasujiro Ozu, 1941
Burden of Life, Heinosuke Gosho, 1935
Black Lizard, Umetsugu Inoue, 1962
Ronin-Gai, Masahiro Makino, 1957
 
November 6
Still Walking, Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2008
 
November 7
Washingtonia, Konstantina Kotzamani, 2014
 
November 10
Stolen Desire, Shohei Imamura, 1958
Intentions of Murder, Shohei Imamura, 1964
The Pornographers, Shohei Imamura, 1966
Profound Desire of the Gods, Shohei Imamura, 1968
 
November 13
Everlasting Moments, Jan Troell, 2008
 
November 14
Pickle, Amy Nicholson, 2016
Desert Hearts, Donna Deitch, 1986
 
November 16
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, David Lynch, 1992
 
November 17
Police, Adjective, Corneliu Porumboiu, 2009
Eva, Gustaf Molander, 1948
Scrubbers, Mai Zetterling, 1982
Girl with Green Eyes, Desmond Davis, 1964
 
November 21
The VampireJean Painlevé, 1945
 
November 22
Heart of a Dog, Laurie Anderson, 2015
 
November 24
Permanent Vacation, Jim Jarmusch, 1980
Bergman Island, Marie Nyreröd, 2006
The Challenge, Milton Rosmer and Luis Trenker, 1938
Fanfan la Tulipe, Christian Jacque, 1952
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October 26, 2017

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT — LARS VON TRIER

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September 27, 2017

Natalie Portman In Alex Garland's sci-fi thriller ANNIHILATION

The filmmaker responsible for "Ex Machina" (Alex Garland) seems to be upping his game with his own adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's novel. Natalie Portman is due for a comeback. Welcome to a world where "the rules of nature do not apply."

Color me curious.

September 09, 2017

OFFICIAL AWARDS – 74th VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 
OFFICIAL AWARDS – 74th VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
 
VENEZIA 74
The Venezia 74 Jury, chaired by Annette Bening, and comprised of Ildikó EnyediMichel FrancoRebecca HallAnna MouglalisDavid StrattonJasmine TrincaEdgar Wright and Yonfan having viewed all 21 films in competition, has decided as follows:
 
GOLDEN LION for Best Film to:
THE SHAPE OF WATER
 
SILVER LION - GRAND JURY PRIZE to:
FOXTROT 
by Samuel Maoz (Israel, Germany, France, Switzerland)
 
SILVER LION - AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR to:
Xavier Legrand 
for the film JUSQU’À LA GARDE (France)
 
COPPA VOLPI
for Best Actress:
Charlotte Rampling
in the film HANNAH by Andrea Pallaoro (Italy, Belgium, France)
 
COPPA VOLPI
for Best Actor:
Kamel El Basha
in the film THE INSULT by Ziad Doueiri (Lebanon, France)
 
AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY to:
for the film THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI by Martin McDonagh (Great Britain)
 
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE to:
SWEET COUNTRY
by Warwick Thornton (Australia)
 
for Best Young Actor or Actress to:
Charlie Plummer
in the film LEAN ON PETE by Andrew Haigh (Great Britain)
 
 
LION OF THE FUTURE
“LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS” VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM
Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film Jury at the 74th Venice Film Festival, chaired by Benoît Jacquot and comprised of Geoff Andrew, Albert Lee, Greta Scarano and Yorgos Zois has decided to award:
 
LION OF THE FUTURE
“LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS” VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM to:
JUSQU’À LA GARDE
by Xavier Legrand (France)
VENEZIA 74
 
as well as a prize of 100,000 USD, donated by Filmauro to be divided equally between director and producer.
 
ORIZZONTI AWARDS
The Orizzonti Jury of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, chaired by Gianni Amelio and composed of  Rakhshan BanietemadAmi Canaan MannMark CousinsAndrés DupratFien Troch and Rebecca Zlotowski, after screening the 31 films in competition has decided to award:
 
the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST FILM to:
NICO, 1988
by Susanna Nicchiarelli (Italy, Belgium)
 
the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR to:
Vahid Jalilvand
for BEDOUNE TARIKH, BEDOUNE EMZA (NO DATE, NO SIGNATURE) (Iran)
 
the SPECIAL ORIZZONTI JURY PRIZE to:
CANIBA
by Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor (France, USA)
 
the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS to:
Lyna Khoudri
in LES BIENHEUREUX by Sofia Djama (France, Belgium, Qatar)
 
the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR to:
Navid Mohammadzadeh
in BEDOUNE TARIKH, BEDOUNE EMZA (NO DATE, NO SIGNATURE)
by Vahid Jalilvand (Iran)
 
the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY to:
Dominique Welinski and René Ballesteros
for LOS VERSOS DEL OLVIDO by Alireza Khatami 
(France, Germany, Netherlands, Chile)
 
the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM to:
GROS CHAGRIN
by Céline Devaux (France)
 
the VENICE SHORT FILM NOMINATION FOR THE
EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2017 to:
GROS CHAGRIN
by Céline Devaux (France)
 
VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY AWARDS
The Venice VR Jury of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, chaired by John Landis and composed of Cécile Sciamma and Ricky Tognazzi has decided to award:
 
the BEST VR AWARD to:
ARDEN’S WAKE (EXPANDED)
by Eugene YK Chung (USA)
 
the BEST VR EXPERIENCE AWARD (FOR INTERACTIVE CONTENT) to:
LA CAMERA INSABBIATA
by Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang (USA, Taiwan)
 
the BEST VR STORY AWARD (FOR LINEAR CONTENT) to:
BLOODLESS
by Gina Kim (South Korea, USA)
 
VENICE CLASSICS AWARDS
The Venice Classics Jury, chaired by Giuseppe Piccioni composed of 26 students of Cinema History, chosen in particular from the professors of 12 Italian Dams university programmes and from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, has decided to award:
 
the VENICE CLASSICS AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY ON CINEMA to:
THE PRINCE AND THE DYBBUK
by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosołowski (Poland, Germany)
 
the VENICE CLASSICS AWARD FOR BEST RESTORED FILM to:
IDI I SMOTRI (COME AND SEE)
by Elem Klimov (USSR, 1985)
 
GOLDEN LION FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 2017 to:
Jane Fonda
Robert Redford
 
JAEGER-LECOULTRE GLORY TO THE FILMMAKER AWARD 2017 to:
Stephen Frears
 

COLLATERAL AWARDS

Arca CinemaGiovani Award

Venezia 74 Best Film: FOXTROT by Samuel Maoz

Best Italian Film: BEAUTIFUL THINGS by Giorgio Ferrero

BNL People's Choice Award – Giornate degli Autori

GA’AGUA (LONGING) by Savi Gabizon

Brian Award

LES BIENHEUREUX by Sofia Djama

Circolo del Cinema di Verona Award – 32nd Venice International Film Critics’ Week

TEAM HURRICANE by Annika Berg

Civitas Vitae Award

IL COLORE NASCOSTO DELLE COSE by Silvio Soldini

Fair Play Cinema Award

EX LIBRIS - THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY by Frederick Wiseman         

Special Mention: HUMAN FLOW by Ai Weiwei    

Fedeora Award (Federazione dei Critici Europei e dei Paesi Mediterranei)

Best Film: EYE ON JULIET by Kim Nguyen

Best Director of a Debut Film: SARA FORESTIER for M

Best Actor: REDOUANNE HARJANE for M

FEDIC Award

LA VITA IN COMUNE by Edoardo Winspeare

Special Mention: NICO, 1988 by Susanna Nicchiarelli

Mention FEDIC – Il giornale del cibo: LE VISITE by Elio Di Pace

FIPRESCI Award

EX LIBRIS - THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY by Frederick Wiseman         

Best Debut Film: LOS VERSOS DEL OLVIDO by Alireza Khatami

Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award

GEORGE CLOONEY, MICHAEL CAINE and AI WEIWEI

Enrico Fulchignoni – CICT-UNESCO Award

HUMAN FLOW by Ai Weiwei

Future Film Festival Digital Award

THE SHAPE OF WATER by Guillermo del Toro

Special Mention: GATTA CENERENTOLA by A. Rak, I. Cappiello, M. Guarnieri, D. Sansone 

GdA Director’s Award - Giornate degli Autori

CANDELARIA by Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza

Green Drop Award 

FIRST REFORMED by Paul Schrader  

HRNs Award – Special Prize for Human Rights

THE RAPE OF RACY TAYLOR by Nancy Buirski

Special Mention: L’ORDINE DELLE COSE by Andrea Segre

Special Mention: HUMAN FLOW by Ai Weiwei

Interfilm Award

LOS VERSOS DEL OLVIDO by Alireza Khatami

Label Europa Cinemas Award

M by Sara Forestier                                                                                                      

Lanterna Magica Award (CGS)

L'EQUILIBRIO by Vincenzo Marra

La Pellicola d’Oro Award

Best Production Manager in an Italian Film: DANIELE SPINOZZI for Ammore e Malavita

Best Production Manager in an International Film: RICCARDO MARCHEGIANI for Mektoub My Love: Canto Uno

Best Stagehand: ROBERTO DI PIETRO for Hannah

Leoncino d’Oro Agiscuola Award

THE LEISURE SEEKER by Paolo Virzì 

Cinema for UNICEF Award: HUMAN FLOW by Ai Weiwei

Lizzani Award

GÉRÔME BOURDEZEAU and DOMINIQUE BATTESTI

IL COLORE NASCOSTO DELLE COSE by Silvio Soldini

Lina Mangiacapre Award

LES BIENHEUREUX by Sofia Djama

Mouse d’Oro Award

MEKTOUB, MY LOVE: CANTO UNO by Abdellatif Kechiche

Mouse d’Argento Award: GATTA CENERENTOLA by A. Rak, I. Cappiello, M. Guarnieri, D. Sansone 

NuovoImaie Talent Award

FEDERICA ROSELLINI for Dove cadono le ombre

MIMMO BORRELLI for L’equilibrio

Open Award

GATTA CENERENTOLA by A. Rak, I. Cappiello, M. Guarnieri, D. Sansone

Francesco Pasinetti Award – SNGCI

AMMORE E MALAVITA by Manetti Bros.    

Special Award: GATTA CENERENTOLA by A. Rak, I. Cappiello, M. Guarnieri, D. Sansone 

Special Award: NICO, 1988 by Susanna Nicchiarelli                                                                       

Gillo Pontecorvo Award - Arcobaleno Latino

MIAO XIAOTIAN, CEO of China Film Coproduction Corporation

Queer Lion Award

MARVIN by Anne Fontaine

Mario Serandrei – Hotel Saturnia Award for the Best Technical Contribution – 32nd Venice International Film Critics’ Week

LES GARÇONS SAUVAGES by Bertrand Mandico

Sfera 1932 Award

LA MÉLODIE by Rachid Hami  

SIAE Audience Award – 32nd Venice International Film Critics’ Week

TEMPORADA DE CAZA by Natalia Garagiola

SIGNIS Award

LA VILLA by Robert Guédiguian

Special Mention: FOXTROT by Samuel Maoz

C. Smithers Foundation Award – CICT-UNESCO

THE SHAPE OF WATER by Guillermo del Toro

Sorriso Diverso Venezia 2017 Award - Ass Ucl

IL COLORE NASCOSTO DELLE COSE by Silvio Soldini

Soundtrack Stars Award

ALEXANDRE DESPLAT for The Shape of Water

Special Award: AMMORE E MALAVITA by Manetti Bros.

Lifetime Achievement Award to ANDREA GUERRA

UNIMED Award

LA VILLA by Robert Guédiguian

Special Mention: BRUTTI E CATTIVI by Cosimo Gomez

September 05, 2017

LADY BIRD — Yet Another Gasp of Mumblecore


Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird," starring Saoirse Ronan (pronounced Ser-Sha, as in Sersha, Sersha, Sersha) finds Gerwig going all semi-autobiographical mumblecore, as if that Godforsaken genre weren't already long dead gone. Let's just say this looks to be an ideal movie for entitled white girls to get all touchy feely over while hiding in blind spots to the rest of society. Yes, yes, yes, here is yet another me, me, me movie that will probably be every bit annoying as "Tiny Furniture." Blech. I feel dirty for even having watched the trailer. Search it out if you must in the upcoming New York Film Festival —September 28 through October 15.

August 28, 2017

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library — Trailer

 

Included in my list of Most Promising Films of 2017 is this film, Frederick Wiseman's documentary about the New York Public Library. Frederick Wiseman is one of the most gifted and prolific documentarians in the world; this film is a cause for celebration. This is a doc to seek out!

August 18, 2017

Weekend Update: Tina Fey on Protesting After Charlottesville - SNL

Tina Fey hits it out of the park on this one! Wow!

August 16, 2017

DANIEL CRAIG TO RETURN FOR NEXT 007 FEATURE

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Daniel Craig confirmed on last night's episode of The Stephen Colbert Show that he will return for one last James Bond film. Hallelujah! Daniel Craig has been a pitch-perfect addition to the 007 franchise. Oh, how we love watching Craig's Bond get in and out of trouble. The as yet untitled Bond feature is slated for release on November 8, 2018.

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